April 24, 2014

11 {More} Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

Think twice about ditching those old jeans! I’m all about making the most of what you have. So here are some {more} ideas for turning old jeans into beautiful and practical items.

11 Ways to repurpose old jeans

11 Ways to Repurpose Old Jeans

recycled denim throw pillows by Ashbee Designs

Recycled denim throw pillows tutorial by Ashbee Design

denim satchel or messenger bag by Redfly Creations

Denim Messenger Bag tutorial by Redfly Creations

Upcycled denim toy holder by Handmade by Meg K

Upcycled Jeans to Toy Storage by Handmade by Meg K

recycled denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim baby shoes by Pretty Prudent

Recycled DIY denim pouf by Michele Made Me

Recycled denim DIY pouf by Michele Made Me

Upcycled denim plant hanger

Upcycled denim slingstyle plant hanger tutorial Yahoo Crafts & Hobbies

upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy

Upcycled denim garden tool bucket caddy tutorial at Instructables

Denim placemats from Homesteader's Heart

Denim placemat from repurposed jeans from Homesteader’s Heart

denim bracelets by Av Susanne

Denim bracelets made from the seams by Av Susanne

denim covered craft letter

Denim covered craft letter by Lucky Star Lane

Denim rag wreath by Zoey Quilts

Rag Wreath by Zoey Quilts

Be sure to visit the linked sources for tutorials.


12 Fun DIY Craft Letter Decoration Ideas

Plain letters in all sizes are so easy to find and so inexpensive that I have quite a few in my crafting stash. Sometimes I like to spell out words and other times I just like to do  initials or symbols like an ampersand (&). The only thing is… I think  those big chipboard/wood/paper mache letters look a whole lot better if you dress them up ( even if you just spray paint them).  Today I’m sharing with you a few fun ways to embellish those craft letters including a couple that I’ve already done!

12 fun DIY craft letter decoration ideas

Decorative letters are so easy to craft with and fit into any style decor!

faux metal craft letters

Make paper mache letters look like metal. Faux Metal Letter Tutorial at Living With Punks

craft letter covered with pom poms

I covered a letter with pom poms for my craft area here

corkboard covered craft letter

Cover a letter with corkboard  via Tattooed Martha

fabric covered letter

Fabric covered letter by One Good Thing by Jilliee

faux brushed nickel letters

These faux brushed nickel letters would fit right into any modern decor via Make and Takes

washi tape covered craft letters

These letters are covered in washi tape via Polka Dot Chair

Anaglypta covered craft letters from Mod Podge Rocks

The tutorial for these anaglypta (its a type of wallpaper) covered craft letters can be found at Mod Podge Rocks

M&M covered craft letters

I thought these were beads at first but they’re M&M’s! via Girl in the Garage

scrapbook paper covered letters

Cover them with scrapbook paper like these from Jenni Bowlin Studio Inspiration

yarn wrapped wooden letters

You can wrap the whole letter in yarn  or give them a dip dyed effect by wrapping just the bottoms like these  by Hello Lidy

sea shell covered letters

Cover them with sea shells for a beachy look like these from Debi’s Design Diary (she has a video tutorial)

DIY faux barnwood craft letters

These are faux barnwood covered letters that I made –  tutorial here for diy faux barnwood covered craft letters

I could go on and on! You can use moss, buttons, corks, sequins, glitter, mosaic, beads, photos or just simply paint them. They are so versatile!

DIY Moss Projects for Spring

Moss is a great way to add a touch of spring and nature  to your home. Here are some fantastic DIY projects for spring that use moss.

A collection of DIY moss projects for spring

You can buy sheet moss at most craft stores and dollar stores also have a variety of craft moss for sale.

DIY moss covered frame

I made a moss covered frame last year and it’s great for showing off a spring printable. Links here for the  Moss Covered Frame Tutorial & Free Spring Printable

DIY Spring Moss Banner by  A Diamond In The Stuff

Another cute project for spring is to make moss banner. Tutorial at A Diamond in the Stuff

Moss covered Easter Egg

I did this one year – it’s really easy. Cover some Easter eggs with moss. Tutorial at Love Grows Wild

vase covered with moss

Another super easy project is to cover a vase with moss. Tutorial at Setting for Four

DIY moss wreath

This wreath is made from moss “rocks” from the dollar store. Tutorial at Burlap and Lace

moss covered letters

I’d love to do this project! Moss covered letters spelling HOME by Dear Lillie or you can do your inititals

DIY moss covered pitcher by Upcycled Treasures

Love this moss covered pitcher by Upcycled Treasures

Hope you found some ideas!

10 Cute Spring Printables That Are Free!

Are you all ready for spring? I know I am! Here are some cute free spring printables that you can print out at home. Put them in a frame, clipboard, or tack them to a message board. Either way they’re a nice way to get a touch of  spring in your home….for free!

A collection of 10 cute spring printables that are free!

A huge thank you to the bloggers that make these available for free! Please go to the linked source to print out.

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable from TidyLady

Free Spring Has Sprung printable from TidyLady

Spring Sign Printable by Hoosier Homemade

Spring Bloom Printable by Hoosier Homemade

free nest printable by Darling Doodles

Nest Printable by Darling Doodles

free spring chalkboard printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Spring Chalkboard Printable by Poppy Seed Projects

Hello Spring printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Hello Spring Printable by Sandy Toes & Popsicles

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeelu

Welcome Spring Bunny by Landeedlu

free Easter printable - chalkboard egg hunt sign

Chalkboard Egg Hunt Printable  by Blissful Roots

Free spring has sprung printable by The Mombot

Free Spring Has Sprung Printable by the Mombot

free spring subway art printable by The 36th Avenue

Free Spring Subway Art Printable in 2 sizes by The 36th Avenue

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch

Free Hello Spring Chalkboard Printable by Through My Front Porch


Check out my Spring/Easter Ideas Pinterest Board for more inspiration!

Adorable Rain Boot Planter Ideas

We’re slowing decluttering our garage  and I found a pair of striped rubber boots that my daughter doesn’t wear anymore. I planted them with some faux forsythia until I can plant some real flowers in them. They’re out on the front porch and I think they look really pretty as they go nicely with the forsythia wreath on my door.

rain boots with forsythia branches

I think flower boots are so cute! Here are a few more planted with real and fake flowers.

red rain boots planted with red Geraniums

Now I want to find some red rain boots! Aren’t these cute planted with red Geraniums! via Trash 2 Treasure

flower boot door wreath

I really love them used instead of a wreath like this one from Red Hen Home. She had boots that were a color that wouldn’t work for her front door so she spray painted them! Now that’s smart!

rain boot bouquet

This bouquet in rain boots is so beautiful! via Violet Skiles

pink flowers planted in rain boots via Hometalk

These cute pink and black rubber rains boots look so pretty  planted with pink flowers via Hometalk

flowers planted into rubber boots

This is a cute way to re-purpose your kids rubber rain boots when they get cracks and tears by Rosy~Posy

flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter

Here’s an easy flower boot centerpiece for spring or Easter by Midwest Living

rain boot planters

These rain boot planters are filled with chrysanthemums by The Kim Six Fix 

rubber boots with phlox by Aiken House & Gardens

Aiken House  & Gardens uses these cute rubber boots as vases for some phlox.

rain boot planter tutorial

Check out this tutorial from A little something in the meantime… if you want to find out how to plant rubber boots with live plants.

10 adorable rain boot planter ideas

10 Beautiful Ways to Decorate With Succulents

One of the fun things about succulents is that they look terrific in all kinds of containers.   There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors of succulents that it’s easy to make a beautiful and unique succulent garden!  Here are some pretty indoor succulent container ideas for your home to inspire you!

A collection of 10 beautiful ways to decorate with succulents

Another good thing about succulents is that they are fairly  low maintenance and easy to propagate!

succulent garden in red and white transferware dishes

I made this succulent garden in some red and white transferware.  The steps for making this are  here.

succulents planted in a silver gravy boat

These succulents are planted in a beautiful silver gravy boat  - by The Little Round Table

succulent tabletop candle wreath

This succulent candle wreath by J Peterson Garden Design is just stunning!

succulents planted in white ceramic pitcher & gravy boat by A Little Tipsy

Here are some pretty succulents in a white ceramic pitcher and gravy boat by A Little Tipsy

succulents in mercury glass containers

These beautiful succulents in mercury glass can be found at  BHG

succulents planted in a shell

I love these succulents planted in a shell via flickr.   I may replant the ones I have into a shell for the summer.

Simple footed bowl planted with succulents by Sand & Sisal

Isn’t this simple footed bowl a marvelous planter for succulents – by Sand & Sisal.

a succulent planted in a red colander
red colander with succulents would be perfect for a kitchen by Petite Pots 

industrial tiered tabletop succulent garden by Infarrantly Creative

You can learn how to make this cool industrial tiered succulent centerpiece  at Infarrantly Creative (she shows you how to make the tiered piece)

Succulents planted in eggshells by The Hunted Interior

These pretty succulents planted in eggshells  would be perfect for an Easter centerpiece – by The Hunted Interior.

Are you a fan of succulents?

DIY String Gardens “Kokedama”

I stumbled upon a really cool indoor gardening concept the other day – string gardens. “Kokedama” is basically the Japanese art of enclosing a plants roots in a moss ball and suspending that plant – sort of a hanging bonsai concept.

DIY String Garden Inspiration

This would be a great idea if you’re limited in outdoor space or even if you just want to try something a bit different than growing plant in pots.  It seems very easy to do and looks cool!

String Garden "Kokedama"

There’s a wonderful tutorial at Design Sponge if you want to know how to make a string garden. 

Here are a few more examples to give you an idea of all the wonderful ways you can use this technique.

spring string garden "Kokedama"

Spring String Garden by Terrain

string garden "Kokedama"

Indoor String Garden by String Gardens.com

Outdoor string garden "Kokedama"

Outside String Garden from Dennis’ 7 Dees

Citrus string garden by Feder van der Falk

Citrus string garden by Feder van der Falk

suspended string garden

Suspended String Garden via Apartment Therapy

Aren’t these just amazing and sort of surreal! To water you either spray or soak the balls.

Hope the sun is shining where ever you are!

What Can You Do With A Paper Bag?

The answer is you can do lots of amazing things with paper bags! I’ve collected some inspiring ways to upcycle/repurpose ordinary paper bags. Have a look!

Inspired Ideas for Repurposing Paper Bags

11 Inspired Ways to Repurpose Paper Bags

Paper bag Easter Basket by The Elli Blog

Paper Bag Easter Basket made by The Elli Blog

paper bag wreath

Paper Bag Wreath by Celebrations

paper bag covered walls

Paper Bag Covered Walls by Rocks In My Dryer (you can also do this on a floor or on furniture)

paper bag flowers

Paper bag flowers from Martha Stewart

DIY paper bag ribbon

Paper Bag Ribbon made by Robin Marie Smith

paper bag lanterns

Paper Bag Lanterns  from Design Sponge

paper bag upcycled into baskets

Paper Bag Baskets  from Pop Sugar

paper bags made into stars

Paper Bag Stars tutorial at Hostess With The Mostess

paper bags made into nests

Paper Bag Nests from Family Chic

paper bag wall flower garland

Paper Bag Flower Garland made by A Place For Us

DIY paper bag stair makeover

DIY Paper Bag Stair Makeover at Lovely Crafty Home

Don’t just stash or throw away your paper bags, make something new with them!


20 Brilliant Ways To Use Leftover Bread

We’ve been baking our own bread for years now but we don’t eat as many sandwiches as we used  and homemade bread doesn’t last as long as store bought bread,  so I always wind up with some bread in the freezer.  I don’t want to waste any food so I was wondering what you could make with leftover bread other than using it as a binder in meatloaf,  making stuffing, or using it for making french toast.  I found some great ideas!

20 Brilliant Ways To Use Leftover Bread

20 Brilliant ways to use leftover bread - waste not want not!

Waste not want not!

  1. Leftover Bread & Cheese Patties from Give Recipe
  2. Artichoke Spinach Goat Cheese Strata from eat.drink.smile
  3. Italian Panzanella (bread salad) from Martha Stewart
  4. Italian Bread Soup  from A Little Bit Crunchy
  5. Baked Cinnamon Toast Triangles from Orangette
  6. Homemade Croutons from A Sweet Chef
  7. Cheese, Onion, Bread Souffle from Real Simple
  8. High-Fiber Bread Quiche from Big Oven
  9. Homemade Bread Crumbs from Creative Savings Blog
  10. Classic Bread Pudding from Mikey’s In My Kitchen
  11. German Dumplings from The Food Club’s Food
  12. Vegetable Bread Tart from Delectable Victuals
  13. Grilled Dark Chocolate Sandwich from Kitchen Daily
  14. Pineapple Upside Down Cakes made with leftover hamburger buns from Real Simple
  15. Queen of Puddings from les-trois-chenes.hubpages
  16. Apple Pan Charlotte  from Real Simple
  17. Tomato Bread Soup from SparkPeople
  18. Easy Pancake Recipe with Leftover Bread from Frugal Foodie Recipes
  19. Coconut Cinderella Crisps from Winnipeg Free Press
  20. Leftover Bread Breakfast Casserole from What’s For Dinner?

What do you do with leftover bread?


Creative Seed Starting Ideas

Are you ready to start some gardening despite whatever weather you’re experiencing? It’s seed starting time believe it or not! You don’t have to buy those little plastic  pots or peat pots to start your seeds if you don’t want to. Save some money and use these ideas for great alternative seed starting containers. 

It's time to start seeds! Here are some great ideas for containers to use that will save you money.

I had to go to Home Depot today and they are putting out the spring bushes and trees here in Atlanta. I can’t wait to spend some time outside in the sun and warmth.  I haven’t decided if I’m going to start any seeds inside this year or just buy seedlings since I have a lot of home reno projects that will start next month in preparation for listing our house.

Creative Seed Starting Containers

re-using K-cups for seed starting by Fresh Eggs Daily

Fresh Eggs Daily®  explains how to re-use  your old K-cups to start seeds.

starting seeds in milk cartons

You could use milk or juice cartons to start your seeds. Basil & Amaranth has a great explanation of how to start your seeds in these types of containers.

DIY newspaper seed pots

Learn how to make these newspaper seed pots at HGTV.  I used these last year and they worked very well.

Self-watering seed starting containers

Desperate Gardener show you how to repurpose old plastic bottles into these self-watering seed starting containers

make seed starter pots from toilet paper rolls

Gardening Clan shows you how to repurpose toilet paper rolls into seed starting pots

how to plant seeds in eggshells

Apartment Therapy explains how to plant seeds in eggshells.

DIY paper pulp seed cups

365 Days of DIY shows you how to make these paper pulp seed cups.

coffee filter seed trays

Here’s a coffee filter seed tray from Instructables that you could try for starting seeds.

start seeds in an egg carton

You could use an egg carton to start your seeds. See how at Spoonful

make seed starting tray from an ice cube tray

Mr. Brown Thumb shows you how to repurpose an ice cub tray for starting seeds.

You can basically use any container as long as it has some drainage.  Yogurt containers, Styrofoam cups, cans, margarine tubs, dixie cups, muffin tins, avocado shells just to name a few. Whatever you use be sure it has been sanitized and use sterile potting soil. You can make your own sterile potting soil if you don’t want to buy any.

Beat those winter blahs by starting some seeds!

DIY Saturday: Thumb Tack Wall Art

I love projects that use ordinary materials to make something extraordinary! This is one of those projects. I found this great thumb tack wall art project at Metal and Mud that I think you’re going to love.

DIY Thumb Tack Wall Art |DIY Saturday Featured Project from Metal and Mud

The possibilities are endless!  Spell out whatever you want – your child’s name, a quote, whatever! It’s an easy project to do and doesn’t require a lot of materials.  It’s on my to do list!


To see the full tutorial please visit Metal and Mud

14 Cute Cupcake Liner Projects

There’s so much more to cupcake liners than just using them in making cupcakes! Cupcake liners are inexpensive, cute, come in a variety of designs and are great for crafting!

Cupcake liners are cute, inexpensive and great for crafting! Here are 14 cupcake liner projects

Here are 14 easy to make  paper craft projects that are  made out of everyday cupcake liners that I’ve collected for you.

cupcake liner wreath

You can make wreaths out of cupcake liners like this pretty one from The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking

Cupcake Liner Letter

Make a cupcake liner letter like this one from Northwest Lovelies

cupcake liner flower bouquets

I adore these cupcake liner bouquets! Aren’t they cheery! See how to make them at One Ginormous Adventure

cupcake liner daffodil place setting

This would be so pretty on an Easter table! Cupcake liners made into daffodil place settings.  Great tutorial at To Be Charmed

cupcake linker string light lanterns

Turn cupcake liners into pretty lights! Very easy to make – see how at  Family Chic

cupcake liner cocktail covers to keep out bugs etc

Keep bugs etc out of drinks by topping them with cupcake liners that you’ve cut a small x in for the straw via Martha Stewart

cupcake liner rosette frame

Saved By Love Creations made this awesome rosette frame from cupcake liners!

cupcake liner party hat

You could make this super fun party hat out of cupcake liners! See the tutorial at Jaderbomb

cupcake liner pom poms

See how to make these fun cupcake liner pom poms at  Sew.Craft.Create

cupcake liner number wreath

How cute is this door decoration for a birthday party from Beth Kruse Custom Creations


use a cupcake liner as a wrapper for gifts in a jar

This is a cute idea for gifts!  Use cupcake liners to top gifts in a jar and tie with string via Better Homes and Gardens

cupcake liner chandelier

This amazing chandelier is made with two sizes of cupcake liners. One white and one with a graphic pattern. See the complete tutorial at Design Sponge

cupcake liner garland

Garlands are so cute and not just for parties! You can make fun garlands out of cupcake liners (via Jenny Erb)

cupcake liner owl craft project for kids

Here’s a cute project to do with the kids – a cupcake liner owl!  Skip To My Lou includes the download for the owl eyes in the tutorial.

Isn’t it amazing what you can do with cupcake liners!

12 Gorgeous Projects Made With Towels

Here are some gorgeous  projects that can be made by repurposing new or old towels.

12 Gorgeous projects that repurpose dish towels

Maybe you have some towels that are  a bit frayed but you don’t want to cut them up and use them as rags. Or perhaps you found some really cute tea towels.  Hopefully this collection of ideas will inspire you to make something new out of those towels.

kitchen towel made into an apron

This apron was made from a kitchen towel – see how at Then She Made…

tablecloth made from dish towels| Beach Vintage

I’ve always wanted to do this. Beach Vintage made this cute tablecloth from a package of 12 dish towels!

bedskirt made from towels via BHG

I had to include this project even though it doesn’t use dish towels – they’re bath towels. It’s just such a creative idea I couldn’t leave it out. See how to make this easy no sew bed skirt at Better Homes & Gardens

skirt made from dish towels via lil blue boo

How adorable is this skirt made from dish towels!!  Go to lil blue boo for the tutorial

pet bed made from dish towels via Martha Stewart

Make a pet bed with using 2 same sized  towels via Martha Stewart

cafe curtains made from dish towels

Add some clips to some cute dish towels for easy cafe curtains via Southern Living

pretty banner made from vintage tea towels

If you have cute towels with too many stains cut them up and make a banner! via Vintage Bag Lady

tea towel sewing machine cover

Here’s a really easy sewing machine cover from Martha Stewart

framed tea towel art

If you find a really cute towel you can frame it like House 8810.

bag made from a vintage tea towe| A Sort Of Fairytale

A Sort Of Fairytale made this bag from a vintage strawberry print dish towel

stool covers made from dish towels| In My Own Style

You could make stool covers with dish towels like these from In My Own Style

Pillow made from a Target kitchen towel

Some of you may remember this pillow I made from a Target dish towel. I still have it!

Which is your favorite?

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